4D LABS Seminar - NINT

June 08, 2017

We are pleased to invite you to a special seminar by Dr. Adam Bergren and Dr. Andrew Myles from the National Institute of Nanotechnology (NINT) hosted by 4D LABS at SFU on Wednesday, February 1, 2017!

Dr. Adam Bergren and Dr. Andrew Myles

National Institute of Nanotechnology

From Fundamental Science to Rock and Roll: The Heisenberg Molecular Overdrive


Through the Industrial Innovation Support Program, NINT is actively engaged in research collaborations with several small, medium and multinational industrial partners. In addition, the program serves as a platform to advance technologies within NINT with high commercial potential. This presentation will highlight the journey of The Heisenberg Molecular Overdrive guitar distortion pedal, from concept to demonstration, to sales around the world.

For almost 50 years, molecular electronics has been envisioned as a way to increase the density, diversity, and functionality of electronic devices. NINT has developed a practical platform for fabrication of large area molecular junctions, containing molecular layers from ~1 to ~60 nm using carbon contacts and diazonium reduction of aromatic molecules. Advantages of this “all-carbon” paradigm include excellent reproducibility, stability, and the ability to scale-up fabrication for large scale manufacturing.

These features have enabled the first practical application for molecular electronics in the realm of electronic audio signal processing; the non-linear I/V curves of the molecular devices can be used to provide intentional distortion of a source signal. The electronic properties attributed to the nanoscale charge transport in molecular junctions leads to measurable and audible differences in sound quality. An additional advantage of molecular junctions in this application is the ability to tune the electronic response in a way that enables better control over the resulting character of the distorted sound - by control over the thickness and structure of the molecular component. Since it is possible to manufacture “all-carbon” electronic devices with sufficient stability, a consumer product that uses molecular electronics is now a reality – The Heisenberg Molecular Overdrive.

Date: June 8, 2017

Time: 3:00 pm

Location: AQ 3159, SFU Burnaby

Light refreshments to be provided